Ralf Rangnick has said the three recent additions to Manchester United’s coaching staff are only under contract with the club until the end of the season.
Since Rangnick was appointed interim manager, he has hired Chris Armas as assistant coach, Ewan Sharp as coach and analyst, as well as Sascha Lense, the very first sports psychologist under contract with the club.
Michael Carrick left before Rangnick officially took the reins while Kieran McKenna took charge of Ipswich Town, with the help of Martyn Pert. Mike Phelan is still United’s assistant manager.
Rangnick has suggested that Armas, Sharp and Lense could all stay on beyond the end of the season, although United intend to name a new permanent manager this summer.
“Yes, their contracts, like mine, run until the end of the season, but that does not necessarily mean that they will not be able to stay beyond this stage with the club,” Rangnick stressed. “It also depends on what might happen in the summer, so no one can answer that question at the moment.
“I’ve worked with all three of them in the past and I know how good they are, so again that’s a question that needs to be answered maybe in April or May.”
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Phelan joined United with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in December 2018 and received a new three-year contract earlier this year, but has come under increasing pressure to walk after Solskjaer’s sacking and the departures of Carrick, McKenna and Pert.
Rangnick said earlier this month: “Mike Phelan doesn’t watch workouts – he didn’t watch workouts when Ole was in charge either – but he’s also part of the staff training group.
“But he’s never on the pitch when we practice. He’s not there and he didn’t when Ole was in charge, like I said. Chris won’t be replacing Mike but rather Michael Carrick. “